Tag: New York Minutemen

Cody Olsen Takes Reigns at EVU

Everglades University has taken their baseball program seriously, in the inaugural Can-Am College baseball season, and to demonstrate their commitment they have hired Cody Olsen as the manager of the Swampmen, the men’s baseball team.

Olsen has had an illustrious managerial career in the Bull League, and was last posted to the New York Minutemen before being removed to make way for GM & Manager Alex Sanderson. In 16 seasons with the Minutemen, Olsen was twice named Manager of the Year, and the team took home two Bull Cups. In all, the Minutemen had nine playoff appearances. Continue reading “Cody Olsen Takes Reigns at EVU”

Cusimano Raps Jupiter for 5 Hits, as New York blanks Boston 17-0

Justin Cusimano really sizzled at the plate in today’s 17-0 win over (Jupiter) Boston Brawlers B. The (West Palm Beach) New York Minutemen B first baseman blistered Jupiter for 5 hits in 5 at-bats.

“Cusimano was too tough to get out today,” the Boston Brawlers B skipper said in the postgame interview. “No matter what we threw him, he hit it. And he hit some good pitches, too.” Continue reading “Cusimano Raps Jupiter for 5 Hits, as New York blanks Boston 17-0”

Florida Rookie League Opens Today, New GMs Announced

The wait for baseball is over for BBL fans, as the Florida Rookie League (FRL) kicks off its inaugural season today. The FRL is a 5th minor league level which was added during this off-season, replacing the former Rookie level Milk League, which becomes a Short Season A level.

The Rookie League is open to any player with less than two years of pro baseball playing time, and who are aged 25 or younger. Thus, many of the Milk League (Short A), Calf League (Single A) and Heifer League (Double A) players throughout the minors may qualify. The league also offers a place for teams to introduce international free agents and first-year draftees into their organizations, and earn them some developmental playing time. Continue reading “Florida Rookie League Opens Today, New GMs Announced”

New York Minutemen Come “Home”

The New York Minutemen have completed their franchise relocation back to New York City, according to a team announcement this week.

The franchise originally began in the Bull League as the New York Fastballs in 1989, but moved before the re-formation of the league in 1991 as the city also had the Brooklyn Tigers (now the Chicoutimi Cinquantes). Their next stop was Buffalo, and the team was called the New York State Fastballs. By 1992, a new owner had moved the team to North York, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, and renamed the North York Yankees. The following year, they changed their name to North York Might, then a move back to Buffalo led to a change again to the New York Might.

Finally, from 1995 until this month, the team had settled in Buffalo again, and were the New York Minutemen.

Now, the team has come “home” to New York City, but the name will not change.

The team is in the process of selecting a stadium for 2017.


Ohio Takes Elimination Round in Deciding Game

The stakes were high at Oxen Ballpark tonight and the Ohio Oxen stepped up when it counted.

Edging the New York Minutemen 3-2 to wrap up the Elimination Round, Ohio won the clinching game by a blow-out 6-0 score. The series had been littered with shutouts, with three of the five games ending with one team scoreless.

“You’ve got to fight that doubt and that little part of you that says you can’t do it or you’re going to fail,” said Ohio right-hander A.C. Deucey. “The possibility of failure is always in your mind, but you can’t let it bring you down.”

The failure of the Minutemen to advance was certainly weighing heavily on the team’s manager.

“It’s a crushing loss and a tough way to lose a series,” Cody Olson said. “In the end there can only be one Bull Cup champion and we’re just devastated it’s not going to be us.”

Deucey earned Series MVP honors for his 2 shutouts and 20 K's against New York.
Deucey earned Series MVP honors for his 2 shutouts and 20 K’s against New York.

Deucey’s strong pitching earned him the nod as series MVP. He threw two shutouts, holding a 0.00 ERA over 17.1 innings pitched. He added 20 strikeouts.

The Ohio Oxen will play against the Boston Brawlers in the next round. Boston won their series against the Montreal Metros 3 games to 2. The Championship Series schedule will be announced after the Elimination Round finishes.